33OVR 18s National Qualifier

Ohio Valley 18s National Qualifier Sponsored by Mizuno

Ohio Valley 18s Qualifier Dates: January 31, February 1 & 2, 2025.

We will have warm-up balls available at Championship Desk. Just drop off a driver's license.

Practice courts are available Thursday evening between 6 and 8 pm. $25 per hour. Cash or check made payable to: Ohio Valley Region. Please email: Herbert@ovr.org for reservations

We are not a Stay to Play event. But we do block rooms in the downtown hotels for you to reserve. Hotel Information

Wave Schedule:
Friday and Saturday 8 AM Wave - Open and American Divisions
Friday and Saturday 2:30 PM Wave - USA and Liberty Divisions

We will use AES Online Check-In. starting Tuesday Jan. 28th.

College Coaches Attending

Spectators 19 Years Old or Older:

The Ohio Valley Region Board of Directors voted to start charging admission to our multiday events at the GCCC. Cost is $10 per day per a vote by the Board on 1/16/2023. We are using HomeTown Ticketing which OHSAA also uses for many of their events. So, you may already have an account. You should purchase tickets in advance starting January 1st.

Admission Tickets

College Coaches, Rostered Coaches, Club Directors, Officials get in free. Just use the appropriate check-in line to get your wristband. Players do not need a wristband.

All matches will take place in Hall B which is at the North end of the Convention Center.

The Ohio Valley Region is proud to host a USA Volleyball 18s National Qualifier. The Qualifier will take place in the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Friday, Jan. 31 through Sunday, Feb. 2nd, 2025. This Qualifier is hosting the 18 Open, 18 USA, 18 Liberty and 18 American Divisions.

We are also running a Boys Non-Bid event on Saturdady and Sunday. It will be a busy place on Saturday and Sunday.

Real Time Parking Lot Information

Pre-Pay GCCC Parking to guarantee a parking spot.
When purchasing in advance, you can guarantee that you will have
a parking spot and arrive on time because you are not driving
around in circles trying to find a parking spot if all our parking
facilities were to get full.

Nearby Restaurants:

Buca di Beppo
North Market

Subway and Velvet Café Offer: Pre-order your meals with Subway or the Velvet Café to avoid waiting in long lines between games and give your team a competitive advantage.

Pre-order Subway meals at: Subway_Meal_Deals

Team check-in will be open online only.

We are in need of someone(s) to sing the National Anthem each morning at 7:40 am. If you know of a person, please have them email me at: Herbert@ovr.org. Include their name, club & team and which morning they would like to sing.

Awards: There will be individual awards to champions and second place and both third place teams in each Gold division and first and second place teams in the Silver Division.

Rules & Regulations: USAV playing rules for the 2023-2025 season will be in effect. Most matches will be best two out of 3 sets. Some alternate match formats may be used to accommodate for smaller divisions or for 3 or 5 team pools, if necessary.

Officiating: All competing teams will be assigned to officiate in the tournament. Teams MUST provide certified referees and scorekeepers. In addition, teams MUST provide the 2nd referee, scoreboard operator and 2 lines-persons (players or registered adults on the team's roster may assist). A rostered adult must be the R2.

Failure to fulfill officiating assignments will result in the loss of 1 point per minute in their next match.

All protests will be resolved by the protest committee as selected by the Head Officials.

Sanction: The tournament is hosted and sanctioned by the Ohio Valley Region - USA Volleyball. All teams and players must be registered with USAV. Team and player registration numbers MUST appear on the Entry Form or the entry will be rejected. Teams using illegal players will forfeit all matches and be disqualified from the tournament and the case turned over to the appropriate Regional Commissioner for further action.

Tournament Ball: This event will use the Molten Super Touch ball for all competition.

Medical services will be available in the First Aid room on the esat side of the exhibit hall.

The OVQ has been allocated the following bids:
18 Open < 8 teams 0 bids; 8 to 11 teams - 1 bid; 12 to 15 teams - 2 bids; 16 - 48 teams - 3 bids
18 USA < 8 teams 0 bids; 8 to 15 teams - 1 bid; 16 to 23 teams - 2 bids; 24 - 128 teams - 3 bids
18 Liberty < 8 teams 0 bids; 8 to 15 teams - 1 bid; 16 to 128 teams - 2 bids
18 American < 8 teams - 0 bids; 8 or more teams - 1 bid

The USAV Girls 18s Junior National Championships will be held on Salt Lake City, UT on April 25-27, 2025.

Teams who win a bid will have to come to the Championship Desk to sign their bid acceptance before they leave the facility.

Here is a link to the 2024 USAV 18s Qualifier Manual. We will update this link when the 2025 Manual is avaiable. Please refer to it for tie-breaker scenarios.

For all divisions, tie-breaking sets may be played if advancement to a Bid is affected. Be aware that any tiebreakers will be played immediately following the completion of pool play. If your team may end up in a 3-way tie, make sure to stay in the facilities until you know for sure that there is not need for a tie-breaker playoff.

The State of Ohio has a law that requires all adults working with minors at sporting events be trained in concussion protocols. We recommend the NFHS course.

Chairs will be provided for spectators.

We will have warm-up balls available at Championship Desk.

The last match on Sunday, Feb. 2nd cannot be scheduled later than 3 pm.

Tournament Director:
Al Herbert

Head Referee:
Brian Hemelgarn